Hike Argyll, Scotland

This evening, I am reporting on today’s small group hike through a forested area of Argyll in West of Scotland.

The route ran between Tarbet and Arrochar, covering 6.5 miles between Loch Lomond and Loch Long, about forty miles N.W. of Glasgow. Tarbet means a place where ships could be carried over (between Loch Lomond and Loch Long) and dates back, possibly, to the Viking era, about 1200 years ago.

Arrochar, Argyll, Scotland.

Interestingly, the ‘long’ in Loch Long is not an English word but a Gaelic word meaning ‘ship loch’ which would have been apposite around 1200 years ago when used by the Vikings.

Altitude along the route peaked at 1000 feet at which stage persistent light rain was converted to snow.

In course of the hike we encountered:

  • Two lakes, Loch Lomond and Loch Long.

Loch Long, Argyll, Scotland

  • Snow-capped mountains.

Cruach Tairbeirt, 1362 feet at Arrochar.

  • Fungi.

Fungi, Argyll, Scotland.

  • Broom, a shrub, in bloom.

Gorse in flower

  • Mountain streams.
  • Waterfalls

Waterfall

  • Wood carvings at intervals along the trail.

Wood Carving

  • A short snow shower.

Light snow cover

  • Diversified forest comprising a mix of mixed deciduous woodland, native pines, birchwoods, mixed ashwoods, ¬†oakwoods ¬†wet woodland,blackthorn scrub, hawthorn scrub, juniper scrub and rhododendron (not native).

Crossing Stream

Hiking Trail

Hiking Trail

Hiking Trail

Natural arch

Iron stained stream

Group navigating steep path.

Forest Scene

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